Dreading Halloween with GD?
Is the thought of all that Halloween candy filling you with dread and turning into a real nightmare? Don’t worry ladies, you can still have lots of yummy things this Halloween that won’t raise those blood sugar levels and have some fun too!
I know this year is different, but if you’re planning on having some fun at home with the kids then here’s some fun ideas for you to try!
Party foods, lunch, or dinner…
Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs
What could be better than eggs and olives for the GD diet?! These spooky little spiders would look awesome on a Halloween party platter. Check out the recipe at Apron Strings
Avocado and ham Witches fingers
These would make a great GD party platter treat with a few tweaks to the Dietz and Watson recipe by cooking your parma ham or by using another cooked meat which is advised as safe to eat in pregnancy.
Here’s another fun idea that will go down a storm with the kids, but it’s another great recipe for GD mummas too! Try out this simple but fun recipe from Super Healthy Kids
Witchy Guacamole Dip
This fun bowl of guacamole dip would be perfect for snacking on. Make up a plate of chopped cucumber, celery, peppers and carrots for dipping so you don’t overindulge in tortilla chips! Try out my guacamole recipe to create a witchy dip!
Courgette base Halloween Pizza
Love pizza but struggle with the high carb base? We often mention cauliflower base pizzas, but for a change try out these courgette crust pizzas and decorate them with a spooky and fun Halloween theme. The kids will love them, but we think you will too after you’ve tested your blood sugar levels! Take a look at Your Lighter Side for the recipe
Or how about making a Halloween cauliflower base pizza instead? Here’s my recipe…
Ingredients: 1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets, 2 eggs, 50g cheddar cheese, finely grated, 40g parmesan cheese, finely grated, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 4 tbsp tomato purée and whatever toppings you like and 1 tsp dried oregano, 250g mozzarella.
Recipe: Preheat the oven to 180°c. Blitz the cauliflower in a food processor until very fine, then tip it into a large, dry frying pan. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, for the moisture to evaporate. When the cauliflower is dry, tip it into a large bowl and mix in the eggs, cheese, cayenne pepper and 1 tsp salt. The mixture should be quite wet. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper use the tips of your fingers or a spoon to shape the pizza base. Bake for 30 minutes, after which the base should have solidified into one movable piece and have gone golden.
Remove from the oven and with a palette knife release from the paper. Flip over and cook again for another 10 minutes. When both sides are golden, remove from the oven and spread them with tomato purée and then top with the chosen toppings, oregano and mozzarella.
Return to the oven on a baking tray lined with nonstick baking paper and bake for 10 minutes. Serve immediately!
These meatball mummies will bring a smile to most little ones faces, whether that’s on a party platter or just served up for dinner on Halloween night!
You can make your own meatballs, or buy high meat content meatballs or vegetarian ‘meat’ balls (or even use high meat content hot dogs sausages cut in halves).
Cook the meatballs/sausages through then dip each one in my Spag Bol recipe sauce, then wrap with strips of mozzarella or courgette for a vegan version.
Finish off with a couple of slices of sliced black olives for eyes and serve on their own as an appetizer, or on a bed of courgetti and small serving of wholewheat pasta with extra pasta sauce for a meal!
Spooky green monster noodles
Here’s another fab recipe using courgetti – an all time GD Mums favourite! If you haven’t tried it yet then give it a go! Even the side drink of almond milk served alongside this recipe is a welcome addition to the GD diet. Pop over to Inspiralized for how to create this delicious alternative to pasta
Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Jack-o-lantern Peppers
How cute do these peppers look for a Halloween dinner? Primally Inspired have not only created a lovely stuffed pepper recipe, but they also include a great guacamole side to accompany that is perfect for a GD diet. One not just for Halloween dinner!
Don’t waste the pumpkin!
Pumpkin seeds are great for gestational diabetes. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, good fats and protein. Eat them as a snack or add them to yoghurt, salads and use them for food pairing with carbs. One little project explains how to roast pumpkin seeds
Creamy pumpkin soup
Pop across to Low- carb, so simple where there is a simple recipe which will use up that pumpkin flesh to create a rich, warming, creamy soup which would be lovely as an Autumn warming lunch or supper. Add some of the roasted pumpkin seeds for extra texture and to help with food pairing.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Coffee
This one sounds delicious! Vanessa Romero has shared this lovely recipe for a treat similar to what you may find in Coffee shops at this time of year. Take a look at the recipe on Healthy Living How To
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Every year we see ladies desperately craving Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but these sweet Halloween drinks are packed with carbs (sugar), making them a risky choice for anyone with diabetes.
Here are the total carbs in short (small) Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte:
Short skimmed or semi skimmed milk, 27.6g – almost 7 tsp of sugar!
Short whole milk, 27.0g – 6 ¾ tsp of sugar
Short coconut milk, 24.8g – just over 6 tsp of sugar
Short soy milk, 24.3g – 6 tsp of sugar
Did you know that there isn’t actually pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte, but it is a mixture of spices and sugar that creates the taste? Pumpkin spice is harder to find in the UK and can be expensive, but you could just make your own instead which will last you all Autumn! This recipe on Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn uses ground cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, ground cloves, ground mace and ground nutmeg.
Make a coffee with whole, almond, soya or coconut milk, whip up plenty of fresh cream and add some of this pumpkin pie spice, along with some sweetener if you wish! Yummy!
Where are the sweet treats I hear you cry?!
Fear not ladies, we have some sweet treats to get you through those Halloween parties and trick or treating knocks at the door if you can’t face having too many sweets in the house
How awesome do these look? A GD UK Mums favourite snack adapted for Halloween fun! Apple and peanut butter 🙂 Use a Granny Smith apple for lower sugar content and choose a peanut or nut butter with less than 7g total carbs per 100g. For more help with finding the better peanut butters, take a look at our nuts and peanut butter post. Once again another fabulous Halloween recipe from Fork & Beans
This recipe from Kraft uses Jell-o and coolwhip. You need to tweak this recipe to make it, but it gives the idea of what you could create. Swap these ingredients for UK substitutes such as shops own brand no added sugar ‘delight’ or no added sugar Angel Delight and you could add gelatin to whipped cream for thicker ghosts which will stand up and look smoother.
Halloween cut-out-sugar cookies
Fancy some baking? Try these sugar free, low carb, gluten free cookies. All day I dream about food have a great recipe which shouldn’t make your blood sugar levels rocket with these pretty little biscuits.
Follow the instructions at Fork & Beans but swap the Jello-o for sugar free or no added sugar jelly and omit the apple juice to make a GD friendly version of these cute Halloween jelly pots.
Take a look at the recipe on Good to Know but swap the jelly for a sachet of sugar free or no added sugar jelly. Note: you may wish to make this recipe with less water than normally recommended to create a firmer jelly as no added sugar can be more runny than normal jelly.
If you are craving to make something which is more of an actual sweet then how about chocolate peanut butter cups?
Sweets are very hard to tolerate with gestational diabetes and sugar free alternatives can cause digestive upset (see our information on diabetic foods) but chocolate is a better choice due to the fat content which slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. The peanut butter helps to pair the chocolate and makes these sweet treats even more tolerable. If you make these then you will have to be good and not eat the lot! Great for a sweet treat IF you can be good. If you cannot eat peanut butter then an alternative nut butter would work just as well.
Take a look at the recipe at Sugar Free Mom. Use a peanut butter which has less than 7g total carbohydrate per 100g or you could even make your own by blitzing peanuts!
Present these in tiny orange and black petit four cases for a Halloween look
Sugar Free Sweets – WARNING!!
You may see these and think they would be the answer to your cravings, or you may think what a great, healthier alternative for the kids this Halloween!
If you do decide to have sugar free sweets then you may want to restrict yourself from eating too many (when I say too many, I mean no more than like 3 individual sweets in a day!!) and please whatever you do, DO NOT let your child eat a small bag of these.
These type of sweets are made with sweeteners. Whilst these sweeteners may not raise blood sugar levels as fast as sugar, certain ones aren’t much different on the glycaemic index to sugar itself, plus they can cause some embarrassing and uncomfortable side effects such as cramping, wind and diarrhoea, so bad that some ladies who have over indulged thought that they were in labour! You’ve been warned…
If you are really struggling for what to eat since being diagnosed then follow our GD Diet and 8 golden rules. If you are stuck for ideas and inspiration then we also have a membership section which offers lots of great recipes. For even more convenience we also have 7 day food plans with our Silver membership option
Happy Halloween from Gestational Diabetes UK – remember STAY SAFE!